The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleEzekiel 5:7
Therefore thus saith the Lord God…
Having observed their
sins, and which are still enlarged upon, the Lord proceeds to denounce
his judgments against them:
because ye multiplied more than the nations that [are] round about you;
not in numbers, nor in wealth and riches, or in blessings and
privileges, and therefore grew wanton and forgetful; though this was
true: but in sins and wickedness, which abounded among them, and in
which they exceeded the nations round about them; and so the Targum
``because that ye have sinned more than the people that are
round about you:''
[and] have not walked in my statutes, neither have kept my judgments;
which as repeated to show the certainty of fact, and how much the Lord
neither have done according to the judgments of the nations that [are]
round about you.
The Syriac version leaves out the negative particle
and renders the words thus, "but ye have done the judgments of the
nations which are round about you"; and it may be observed, that it is
omitted in parallel text, (Ezekiel 11:12) ; and this is what the Jews are
often reproved for, that they followed the laws and customs of the
Gentiles, and worshipped their gods; and the opposition to the
preceding clause seems to require this sense; but the retaining the
negative particle is confirmed by the Targum, Masora, and the
Septuagint and Arabic versions; and also by the Talmud F20, which
reconciles the passage with the parallel text before mentioned, thus,
``according to those things which are right among them (the
Gentiles) ye have not done; [but] according to what are
corrupt among them ye have done;''
and the meaning is, either that they did not walk according to the law
and light of nature, which the Gentiles had, and attended to,
(Romans 2:14,15) ; or that they did not follow them in their conduct and
behaviour; they were not so zealous for the true God as the Heathens
were for their idols; they were not so tenacious of the laws and
worship the true God of Israel as the Gentiles were of their
superstitious rites and ceremonies; the Gentiles did not change their
gods, and manner of worship, but retained what, they received from their
ancestors time immemorial; but the Jews changed their glory for that
which did not profit, (Jeremiah 2:11) .
F20 T. Bab. Sanhedrin, fol. 39, 9.
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Gill, John. "Commentary on Ezekiel 5:7". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/geb/view.cgi?book=eze&chapter=005&verse=007>. 1999.